When walking in Dallas, be sure to be prepared for extreme heat during summer months. Many pedestrians choose to take their pets out earlier or later in the day to avoid the hot, dry conditions that occur in the middle of the day. Spring months have more moderate temperatures, but thunderstorms can be severe and occur frequently. Winters also experience moderate temperatures and light jackets are usually sufficient although cooler temperatures and freezing rain can occasionally occur.
There are trees and lawns on private properties, in parks, institutions, and school properties in the region, providing shade and greenery. A creek runs through the western section of the neighborhood and terrain in this area is more variable and vegetation thicker along the natural ravine. The train tracks to the south of Lake West are not a pedestrian-friendly area and you and your pet should avoid the tracks when walking.
On the west side of Lake West, a creek and ravine provide a natural area with trails. Trails in this region are not maintained and conditions can vary depending on the weather conditions, so use caution.
Fish Trap Lake Park features a lake and the 1.4-mile Fish Trap Lake Park Loop. This trail is paved and loops around the lake. The trail is shared with joggers, cyclists, and inline skating enthusiasts. Watch out for other users, keep your dog leashed, and bring supplies to clean up after your pooch.
Kingsbridge Park is also located in the neighborhood along a smaller body of water and the Fishtrap Lake Trail winds through this park as well, crossing over the water at a picturesque bridge. This park is fairly open with only a few shade trees, so wear a hat and make sure your dog is not overexposed to sun and heat.